Abstract Nature

Hey Friends,

Sometimes I feel sad for no reason. Does this happen to you, too? I was feeling sad one day last week, and I decided to go out into the yard and shoot photos. Being outside often makes me feel better.

It was a pretty, sunny day, and some of the plants are just beginning to bloom. I put a plastic sandwich bag over the lens of my camera, and went outside to shoot. Crazy, right? Why would I put a plastic bag over a precision lens that’s designed to have super sharp focus? I like to mess with things and see what happens!

Here are a few of my images from that day.

Cassandra Tondro crocosmia

Cassandra Tondro camellias

Cassandra Tondro birds of paradise

Cassandra Tondro toyon

Cassandra Tondro crocosmia

Cassandra Tondro birds of paradise

The plastic bag distorts the image in interesting ways. Some colors are brighter, and others more subdued. I like the soft focus and the way that it makes things look mysterious and moody. It’s a different world from the one we’re used to seeing.

Sometimes I like to shake things up to be able to see them in a different way.

What cheers you up when you’re feeling sad? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. I adore these photos! Especially the first one. It is like you were going back to your roots, where you started with photography on small unnoticed little spurts of growth. That is a great idea for a way to change up our thinking.

    Sometimes I have sad times too, and what I do is have a cup of tea and in a different teapot than the last time. You know I’m a huge teapot collector! Also sometimes I look on eBay at teapots for a long time as if I am in a museum. It does get me in trouble sometimes, but it’s cheaper than therapy and I learn a lot about history and teapots! Its always good to experience beauty in one way or another. Producing beauty is our way of experiencing the gifts of God and nurturing ourselves and others.

    1. Hi Cinthia. Yes, you’re right — I’m going back to my roots with these photographs, and I hadn’t thought of it that way. Most people don’t know that I started off with photography. You’re probably one of the few people who has known me that long!

      Looking at teapots on eBay reminds me that I often look at art on Instagram, just to see what other people are doing. You’re right about experincing beauty. It also helps me to feel better.

  2. Hi Cassandra – Yes I too love these photos – they have a dreamy quality, reminiscent of an early summer’s morning. I too love experimenting sometimes spending far too much time playing around. I photographed some snowdrops in ice and through a thin block of ice. This came about when a cold day left a layer of ice in a bowl in which some leaves had settled.
    My snowdrops picture @/www.instagram.com/p/B76LFjug5AL/
    Always good to get your emails

    1. Hi Carol. Those snowdrop and ice photos are amazing! Photography isn’t even my primary medium, but I can’t resist playing around with it, and everything else as well. Sounds like you have the same problem, if it can be considered a problem. It’s more like an interest in everything creative!

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